Though their professional baseball careers never crossed paths, former minor league infielder Joe Camacho and Hall of Famer Ted Williams shared a lasting bond that extended into their post-playing days. As Williams began his managerial tenure in 1969, he summoned Camacho to be his bench coach. This Washington Senators road jersey was worn by Camacho during that ’69 campaign, the franchise’s lone winning campaign. The gray flannel button-down garment features twill identifiers and proper “Wilson” tagging. More on our website.
The jersey features “Senators” angled across the chest in red-on-blue twill, with a lengthy paraph accenting the script-style characters. On the back, “40” is sewn in red-on-blue twill block-style numerals. An MLB silhouette logo 100th Anniversary logo patch adorns the left sleeve, while the collar’s interior is home to a “Wilson” size “42” label. There are six holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation, while “1969” is embroidered on the tapered left front tail. Note: within the left-side button path, a vintage black marker notation of “Jones” suggests prior or subsequent wear by outfielder Bob Jones, who toiled for the club’s Class A Burlington Senators in 1969. All original and unaltered, the garment shows solid game wear with minimal color fading and puckering about the twill components, as well as minor separation along the right shoulder seam.
Regarding the connection between Camacho and Ted Williams, Camacho’s eight-year minor league career saw him play from 1948 through 1957 for St. Louis Browns and Cleveland Indians affiliates. The only common thread he and Williams shared during that span was service in the Korean War (Camacho missed the entire 1951 and 1952 seasons). It was following Camacho’s playing career that he worked for Williams as a senior instructor at Williams’ Lakeville, Massachusetts baseball camp. When Williams was appointed to the helm of the Senators before the 1969 season, he called on former teammate Johnny Pesky to be his dugout aide. Pesky, however, had just signed on to do Boston Red Sox radio broadcasts and thus, turned Williams down. Williams then remembered Camacho, who agreed to the dugout coach position and remained at Williams’ side for three years in Washington and one season with the Texas Rangers.
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